When Life Seems Fragile

One afternoon in 1898, my grandmother disappeared behind the barn to call the cows. When she reappeared she had received a call from an unseen audible voice announcing, “Take off your shoes; this is holy ground.” Falling to her knees in the pasture this staunch German Lutheran met Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior. Grandma became an ardent student of the Word. Her favorite passage, Psalm 91, saw her through many challenging days over almost 95 years.

I often reflect on Grandma’s long and flourishing life and know there is something very special about Psalm 91. Whenever things look dicey, I turn my attention to Grandma’s special psalm. It is indeed a fear-free zone, a good place to stand firm and resist fear.

So Thursday evening as Annemarie and I chatted on Facebook between Everett, WA and Queenstown, NZ, we referenced the buzz surrounding a predicted earthquake on Saturday March 19. Fear is palpable in NZ just as it is in the US.

We concluded our conversation by choosing to stand firm on Grandma’s favorite –Psalm 91!  With this amazing psalm, grandma weathered World Wars, depressions, blizzards, cyclones, a child almost dying with pneumonia during a white-out, the passing of my grandfather, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Cold War. She saw three grandsons head off to WWII and return safely. She was survived by all six of her children.

Grandma’s favorite psalm is as good today as it was 100 or 1000 years ago. Read and meditate on it today. Stand firm today and resist fear!

“Because you have made the LORD Most High your dwelling place, no harm will come nigh you…He will command his angels concerning you!”


Early yesterday morning, a saint went home to be with Jesus. His name is Maynard Haaland and he served as the first pastor of New Life Center Foursquare Church in Everett, WA. During WWII Maynard flew missions over Europe. Before each flight he placed a copy of Psalm 91 under his seat not as a good luck charm, but because his confidence was in the ONE who promised to cover him in the midst of a holocaust.

This psalm holds great promise those living life on the edge.

Want to flourish in life? You will find no finer words for building confidence through frightening situations than those from this comforting psalm! Carry a copy with you! Better yet memorize it! It served my grandmother and Pastor Maynard well. Each lived victoriously into their mid nineties! It’ll serve you, too, in Your Flourishing Life!

About Your Flourishing Life

As a child, Marlee Huber loved to ramble through gardens sampling juicy berries and delighting in the heady fragrance of roses. As an adult, she thrills at maintaining a country garden in the foothills of the Washington Cascades. Something happened in 2012 that changed everything for Marlee. She followed the love of her life as he bicycled across the continent from their home in the NW to his brother's home in the Virginia. Ninety days later she came home and has never been the same. After photographing the backroads and hamlets across America--all on auto, she came home and took an online photography course, read dozens of books on technique and vision and stepped out into a new career. Her passion is coaching young people to discover their brilliance. She calls it Life-Themes Coaching and during one nearly half-day session, she unpacks what makes you brilliant and one of a kind. Then she matches the discoveries with a photography session where she tells the story of your life with her camera. In her personal life, she is a wife, mother, and grandmother delighting in her flourishing family!
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1 Response to When Life Seems Fragile

  1. Marjorie Roth says:

    Love the phrase ‘Fear free zone’.

    You have reminded me again how these beautiful words will carry me & my family through tough times. A very present help in a time of need.

    Just this morning as wondering how to pray – I’m thinking ‘Libya on one side, Japan on the other side, Israel always in the middle, let alone laundry, dishes & bills’ 🙂 I am reminded of His promise to carry us through with such strength.

    Your grandmother’s testimony is beautiful.

    Thank you!

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